Archive | October 2012

Health and Beauty Tips

I thought some of you might be interested in some of the tips I used to pass on to my clients back inmy professional days when i was a beauty/ natural therapist.

So here goes with Tip #1

#1. Sprinkle a couple of spoonfuls of freshly made LSA over some of your  food each day. I make mine fresh and keep it in the refrigerator.  The recipe is 3 parts flax seeds (Linseed), 2 parts sunflower seeds, and 1 part almonds. Mix together and blend to a coarse powder. Sprinkle over breakfast cereal, yoghourt etc , add to a shake, or to your cooking.

Flax seeds are rich in fibre, vitamins, phytochemicals and omega-fatty acids. They are also very low in carbohydrates, so are excellent for people who are limiting their intake of starches and sugars. And the combination of healthy fat and high fiber content make it a great food for weight loss and maintenance.  Flax seeds must be ground to make the nutrients available (otherwise they just “pass through”) and flax seed oil alone contains neither the fiber nor the phytochemicals of whole flax seed meal. Once processed they also deteriorate quickly and must be refrigerated or frozen.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin E, the fat soluble vitamin that  travels through  the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes and  brain cells.They have also been found to reduce blood levels of cholesterol,  and give  anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role.

Almonds are one of the most nutritious of all the nuts, containing a whole host of nutrients. For example, a small handful (20 nuts or so) of almonds contains twelve percent of your daily allowance of protein, and 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E. As well as lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood, almonds may also help to block the body’s absorption of fat and carbohydrates, which can be be significant in helping to control your weight. This “blocking” effect may be due to the fibre structure of the almond, which reduces the calories available from the almond and also slows the absorption of carbohydrates. They also help you to feel fuller faster because of their fibre content. Studies have shown that eating one or two servings of almonds a day does not lead to a gain in weight or body fat levels, but rather causes people to decrease the amount of calories they gain from other food sources.

Many dieters have found that LSA has been a big help to keeping them feeling satisfied.

So you can see that this mix is incredibly beneficial to your overall health, and is one I’ve been using myself for the last thirty years.  It only takes a few moments to make and its health benefit is great.

#1. Sprinkle a couple of spoonfuls of freshly made LSA over some of your  food each day. I make mine fresh and keep it in the refrigerator.  The recipe is 3 parts flax seeds (Linseed), 2 parts sunflower seeds, and 1 part almonds. Mix together and blend to a coarse powder. Sprinkle over breakfast cereal, yoghourt etc , add to a shake, or to your cooking.

Flax seeds are rich in fibre, vitamins, phytochemicals and omega-fatty acids. They are also very low in carbohydrates, so are excellent for people who are limiting their intake of starches and sugars. And the combination of healthy fat and high fiber content make it a great food for weight loss and maintenance.  Flax seeds must be ground to make the nutrients available (otherwise they just “pass through”) and flax seed oil alone contains neither the fiber nor the phytochemicals of whole flax seed meal. Once processed they also deteriorate quickly and must be refrigerated or frozen.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of Vitamin E, the fat soluble vitamin that  travels through  the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures and molecules, such as cell membranes and  brain cells.They have also been found to reduce blood levels of cholesterol,  and give  anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role.

Almonds are one of the most nutritious of all the nuts, containing a whole host of nutrients. For example, a small handful (20 nuts or so) of almonds contains twelve percent of your daily allowance of protein, and 35 percent of your daily allowance of vitamin E. As well as lowering the levels of cholesterol in the blood, almonds may also help to block the body’s absorption of fat and carbohydrates, which can be be significant in helping to control your weight. This “blocking” effect may be due to the fibre structure of the almond, which reduces the calories available from the almond and also slows the absorption of carbohydrates. They also help you to feel fuller faster because of their fibre content. Studies have shown that eating one or two servings of almonds a day does not lead to a gain in weight or body fat levels, but rather causes people to decrease the amount of calories they gain from other food sources.

Many dieters have found that LSA has been a big help to keeping them feeling satisfied.

So you can see that this mix is incredibly beneficial to your overall health, and is one I’ve been using myself for the last thirty years.  It only takes a few moments to make and its health benefit is great.

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After today listening to the speech by the Prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, regarding sexism and misogony in our Parliament, I take the unusual step of re-blogging this post I made on Oct5th.

Kate Loveday

After today listening to the speech by the Prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, regarding sexism and misogony in our Parliament, I take the unusual step of re-blogging this post I made on Oct5th.   

For many ordinary Australians, today is a day to feel profound sadness and anger. Today Jill Meagher will be buried, quietly, in a private ceremony. This young married woman was raped and murdered whilst walking home from a night out with friends in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb. This dreadful crime has caused caused horror throughout Australia and in many parts of the world, especially in Ireland, her home country.

Perhaps it should provoke us  to look at the treatment of women all over the world.

Sometimes I despair that true equality between the sexes will ever be a fact of life. No, I don’t mean I wish men and women were the same – I enjoy the fact that they’re…

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Speaking for Women

After today listening to the speech by the Prime minister of Australia, Julia Gillard, regarding sexism and misogony in our Parliament, I take the unusual step of re-blogging this post I made on Oct5th.   

For many ordinary Australians, today is a day to feel profound sadness and anger. Today Jill Meagher will be buried, quietly, in a private ceremony. This young married woman was raped and murdered whilst walking home from a night out with friends in Brunswick, a Melbourne suburb. This dreadful crime has caused caused horror throughout Australia and in many parts of the world, especially in Ireland, her home country.

Perhaps it should provoke us  to look at the treatment of women all over the world.

Sometimes I despair that true equality between the sexes will ever be a fact of life. No, I don’t mean I wish men and women were the same – I enjoy the fact that they’re dissimilar, in fact I revel in the separateness between the sexes. I like a man to be manly and a woman who’s not afraid of her femineity. What I mean is the treatment of women by too many members of the opposite sex.

In many parts of the world, violence against women is still tolerated. A recent ‘honour killing’ in Afghanistan was reported, where men stood around cheering while watching a woman being shot. Slavery and forced prostitution still exist, while female genital mutilation is regarded as normal in some countries. In Saudi Arabia a de facto law prevents women from driving. Many issues of the violation of women’s rights are swept under the rug.

Women in the western world are fortunate in that male attitudes towards women have become more enlightened over the past century, although there is still room for improvement, particularly with regards to professional discrimination, which is where gender inequality is alive and well. For instance, we now have a female Prime Minister in Australia, but she is subject to vilification and disparagement that has never been so strident against former Prime Ministers, all male.  The ‘glass ceiling’ is still there for women.  Rape still happens and domestic violence is a problem.

But there is a lot of room for hope.  Jill Meagher’s brutal killing evoked a response from ordinary people, both men and women. It caused a completely unorchestrated walk through Melbourne streets by people who abhorred this act of violence against a member of the physically weaker sex. Totally unplanned, a few friends decided to walk against this aggression. They emailed a few others, who then put it on Facebook. Twitter took it up, and over 30,000 people turned up to walk peaceably through the streets of Melbourne. A walk for peace, for an end to violent acts against women, a walk that asked for our streets to become safe for everyone, day and night.

The treatment of women has come a long way from the nineteenth century, when the research for my historical novels revealed to me that women were regarded as intellectually and emotionally inferior to men, when everything a woman owned became her husband’s property when she married, and the law upheld the rights to male dominance over women. Women were discouraged from using their brains, and a ‘nice’ woman was not expected to enjoy sex. She was expected to be a good home maker and bed warmer for her husband, to produce his children and attend to all his wants, without expectation of enjoyment herself.

Yes, we’ve come a long way in the western world. Let’s hope those countries that still subjugate their women will follow before too much longer.

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